When Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement to reunite with Tom Brady, fantasy owners had high hopes for the future Hall of Famer. Gronkowski was the best tight end in the NFL just a few years ago, but he looks like a shell of himself so far in 2020.
Surprisingly, Gronkowski hasn’t been very involved in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ offensive game plan. He only has two total catches through two weeks, and he just let his fantasy owners know they might keep seeing more of the same.
Rob Gronkowski had high hopes entering his first season with the Bucs
After Brady made the shocking move from New England to Tampa Bay this past offseason, Gronkowski decided to come out of retirement to join his longtime teammate.
Gronkowski is only 31 years old, so he still has plenty left in the tank. Concussions and other various injuries forced him into early retirement, but Gronkowski believed he could return and still produce like a top tier TE again.
Fantasy football owners agreed. According to FantasyPros, Gronkowski had an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 78 across all fantasy football platforms, and he was going as the sixth tight end taken in standard leagues.
Fantasy owners expected Gronkowski and Brady to pick up right where they left off in New England, but that hasn’t been the case early on.
Gronkowski has had a slow start with his new team
Gronkowski was expected to be Brady’s favorite target in Tampa Bay as he built up some chemistry with his new targets, but that hasn’t come to fruition early in the season.
Through two games with the Buccaneers, Gronkowski only has four targets, two catches, and 11 receiving yards. He was going as a top-10 tight end in most fantasy football drafts, but he’s been one of the most disappointing picks so far this year. Gronkowski ranks 51st out of all TEs in fantasy points in 2020.
Gronk owners can’t be happy about his slow start to the season, and it might not be getting better from here.
Gronkowski just sent a discouraging message to his fantasy owners
Gronkowski owners might be banking on a bounce-back game against the Denver Broncos after his slow start to the year, but that doesn’t seem likely. During a media session on Friday, Gronkowski said he wasn’t too worried about his lack of targets in the Bucs’ offense. In fact, it seems like part of the plan.
“I’m a blocking tight end. I came here to block, baby,” Gronkowski said. “So four targets is four more than I thought I was gonna get.”
Not what you want to hear if you used a draft pick on Gronk this year. It might be time to shop him in the trade market before his value completely diminishes.